Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding.

I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop...
It was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Annunciation


Today is the Feast of the Annunciation, and an appropriate opportunity to post a picture of this famous and lovely sculpture from the church of St. Lorenz in Nuremberg.


The Annunciation

Image:tourismus.nuernberg.de/© Thomas Bachmann


This delightful group of of limewood sculptures celebrating the Annunciation was made by the by the Bavarian artist Veit Stoss in 1518 and is supended above the choir. The history of the work , including  both its symbolism and its survival can be read at the illustrated online article Angelic Salutation (Stoss)


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The Choir of St Lorenz

Image; Xavier de Jauréguiberry on Flickr

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